Thursday, April 23, 2015

Quilt Progress and some Silk Spinning

The Arrowhead and Old Italian blocks are coming along nicely.  I have a big stack of them - although it isn't big enough yet.
I think I am short a few of the Arrowheads and several of the Old Italian blocks for my original plan. So I switched gears on it and redesigned the quilt. I am using these as parts of giant four patch blocks that will be 17" square.  Since I am doing this as a quilt as you go quilt, I decided to make one of the giant blocks and prepare it for quilting. So it has sashing on two sides so far.  I am still debating on the exact way I will do this.
It will definitely be these four patch blocks with white sashing.  I just haven't decided if I will do it in sections this size OR do an entire row at a time.  An entire row would require less "fussy work" later - but it would also mean I would be wrangling a 20" by 80" quilt piece as I was quilting.  I do believe I will think on it some more.

I also tried my hand at spinning some silk.  I really enjoyed it and the skein is hanging to dry.  Here is a photo of part of it on the wheel.
Don't worry if I am missing for days at a time.  I have been spending more time with Mom lately and less time doing fiber work.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Starting to look like ......

It is starting to look like a serious quilt here.  There are now 21 of the Arrowhead blocks sewn and 4 of the Old Italian blocks for a grand total of 25. . The nice thing about making the Italian blocks is that when you cut them out you get pieces for two blocks - a positive and a negative version. So I need to concentrate on making those at this point.

The Twenty Five made so far. 
 Those multi color batiks can make the blocks look distorted a bit.  I find that interesting - but I am not changing them.
I have other things going on now also so it may be a couple of days before I get back to these. Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Big Dream Project

Over at Field Trips in Fiber, Vicki is running a  Big Dreams Project link up.  My big dream project was to weave enough fabric to make a coat. I wanted it to be somewhat light since I wouldn't wear a heavy coat often in Alabama.  I had a design in mind but a visit with another weaver changed that when I tried on a design she had made.  It is unconventional -especially for a man - but I loved it.

So I took the yardage I had made and sewed away.
Here it is on a hanger:
I  hate to say that it looks better on the hanger than on me. But, well that is the truth.   Here it is on me.

The fabric is mostly cotton but due to the draping fabric it is warm enough for what I had planned.
What are your big dream projects?

Big Dream Project

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Blocks -Adding an Alternate

I have been cranking out a few Arrowhead blocks.  I decided to look in Anita's book "Rotary Cutting Revolution" to see what else I could find to work with it.
I really liked the block on the cover which is called the "Old Italian" block.  Oops, there is a problem!  Using the sizes in the book, the block finishes to six inches.  The Arrowhead block finishes at 8.5 inches. Hmm...what to do?

I could resize the Arrowheads - but NO!  I have made too many already - and I like a larger block.
I had some layer cake squares leftover -so I tried using two of them and guessing at where to cut.  I got two nice 8.5" blocks - but they are slightly off somehow.  Hmmm.......
I knew Anita had how to make alternate sizes of the Arrowhead on her blog.  So I went searching.  Sigh!
No luck!


What to do?  I saw that Anita has a page on Facebook.  Oh look- it says she answers 100% of her messages.  [Gene messages Anita]  Anita got back with me and said to use 10.5" squares and gave me a measurement for the center square of the block.  (She was rushing off to an appointment...I know that feeling.) Fabric, starch, iron! Cut big squares.  Cut...hmmm... Guessing game again.  Finish cutting.  Lay out blocks - SEW!
The picture is crooked but the blocks are not. It worked!  Okay so maybe not exactly right but totally usable.
Here are more of the Arrowhead blocks with one "Old Italian" block in the middle.
I think it works pretty good in there. Since I will be adding sashings and possibly some wholecloth squares as blocks, I think it will be great.  Stay tuned. I know I am curious to see how it turns out.  I hope you are too.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Heading that way

I have slowed down in quilting, but I certainly haven't stopped.  I am addicted to the Anita's Arrowhead blocks.   These will definitely become a quilt.  I have decided to stick with batiks and possibly add in some solids.  So far I have only used batiks.
Right now I have a lovely "nine patch" of them although they are not joined.  Every time I make one, I am amazed at how well it works out. I am thinking that I will do four patch groupings of them with a sashing around each four. patch. Adding the sashing will allow me to do the quilt as you go  method that I love to use.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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